My husband and I are traveling to Eastern Europe this week to celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary and I was determined to pack everything in carry-on luggage. Since we will be traveling between 4 different countries, we wanted to make sure were nimble as we are transferring planes and trains. Less stuff = less stress. I have been keeping a running list of packing items since we booked the trip in January so when it came time to pack I was excited to pull everything out to see how it fit in my carry-on luggage.
Here’s how my packing list broke down:
Shirts, Skirts, Dresses, Pants, Shoes
I tried to pick items from my wardrobe that would be easy to mix and match, casual but easy to dress up for nicer dinners, as well as layer for different weather. Here’s what I ended up with:
- 2 Dresses – People Tree Striped Shift Dress, Black Everlane Silk Dress*
- 2 Skirts – Symbology Printed Midi Skirt, Fair Indigo Teal Skirt
- 6 Shirts – Old Navy Hi-Low Sweater (old), Everlane U Neck Striped Tee*, Thrifted Chambray Button-Up*, Elegantees Kilee Tunic (code DressWellDoGood for 10% off), Synergy Turmeric Tee, Fair Indigo Green Tee
- 4 pants – Synergy Snake Print Leggings, Seamly Co Perfect Blue Jeans, Matter Prints Easy Dhoti, Liverpool Black Moto Pants (old)
- 3 pairs of shoes – Veja Sneakers, Bhava Neutral Booties, Sseko Ribbon Sandals*
- Not pictured – 1 pair of Olive Garment Collective Shorts
Since the weather varies in the different countries we are visiting, I wanted to pack a couple outerwear options. The jean jacket is from GAP and I have owned it since high school (over 16 years ago). Yes, the elbow may be blown out, but it’s cozy and works well with the items I packed. I am going to get to 1,000+ wears with this piece of clothing! The hooded Synergy Cargo jacket should be great for any cooler weather or rain that we encounter, and the vestie will convert my Heshima Kenya scarf into a flowy vest. The wallet that I got from Purse & Clutch will hold all the important documents I need to travel and it doubles as a clutch!
My Sudara Punjammies are always my go-to travel pajamas because they are so light-weight. The sleep tee is one my husband picked up for me from a local craft market a couple Christmases ago. I finally replaced socks that I have had since college (that’s over ten years ago) that were full of holes for these cozy and soft PACT socks. Some journals, my kindle, and a make-up bag from Fair Trade Fashionistas to hold all my toiletries finishes out my loungewear.
I always travel with my Noonday jewelry and I paired down my collection to the most versatile, staple pieces – 3 necklaces, 5 earrings, and 3 bracelets. Keeping everything neutral allows me to change the feel of each piece of clothing as I wear and re-wear it on the trip.
I’m very excited to bring my new Kortni Jeane swimsuit with me to wear in the Hungarian baths. It’s super comfortable and I feel great wearing it, so it will be perfect to bring along to another country. My Heshima Kenya Scarf will double as a pool wrap and my new Hipsters for Sisters hip bag will make it easy to keep the most important necessities near.
It was a lot easier than I thought it would be to get a large number of versatile items packed for a 2 week trip to Europe! It was also excited for me to realize that many of my staple, go-to clothing items are made from ethical brands that I respect and admire. I’m sure I’ll be posting some outfit combinations over on Instagram @DressWellDoGood, so be sure to follow along!